With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs. » Read the rest
Last month, Samsung released a list of devices that would see the coveted KitKat update. While the first list was regarding the U.S. devices that Samsung planned on updating, it was expected that Samsung would release a list involving its international variants of the same devices. However, the international S3 appeared to have been skipped over when Samsung finally released that international list. Those of you outraged S3 owners can douse your torches and put away your pitchforks because it appears that the update is coming.
HTC Butterfly S owners, fire up the System Updates menu. HTC is pushing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to that device. Rather than going to an earlier version of KitKat, HTC is heading straight to the most recent version. The update totals more than 736MB, so make sure you have ample storage. Also, make sure you connect to WiFi to avoid any data overages.
Yesterday we filled you in on Google Play Music’s latest update, which added support for offline listening of radio stations after “pinning” them while you have service. The navigability of the interface was also improved.
Today, Google followed up with the update with yet another update. This improvement allows users to listen to radio stations based on user-created playlists. It’s a nice feature which will serve as a way for users to discover new music based on their current interests.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
International users of the Galaxy S 4 have something to get excited about today. It appears the S4 is receiving KitKat in Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland. The file size is different depending on the region, so you can expect anywhere from 362 to 424 MB.
This is probably a staged rollout, so don’t get upset if it’s not available to you right away. Let us know if you got it.
Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.
Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.
Source: Android Developers
Android build numbers generally start with the same letter as the name of the current version of Android. For example, the latest build of KitKat is KOT49H (technically KVT49L for only the Nexus 7 LTE). However a couple of builds are appearing that start with the letter “A” as in ACU50C and ACU56E. This information comes from the idea133-weekly-release, which is for developers.
At this point, you would expect the next version of Android to start with the letter “L” since they have been going in order since Cupcake. Is Google planning something different? We’re not really sure, but here is how the build numbers break out.
Great news, HTC One owners! (At least some of you.) If your carrier is AT&T or T-Mobile, the Android 4.4 KitKat update has officially been approved, and will be set to begin rolling out shortly. This information is provided by HTC Executive Product Manager @moversi.
Hit the break below for more.
International models of the LG G2 are set to receive the Android 4.4.2 update before the U.S. models, but it won’t be long before the phones finally get to have a taste of KitKat.
As we already know, KitKat brings a series of some really nice updates to the Android operating system, and improved performance on devices.
In fact, according to recent testing from LG, the update from Jelly Bean to KitKat on the G2 provides a 17 percent increase in performance when applications are running. These tests are obviously preliminary and aren’t confirmed by any third parties yet, but if the numbers are anywhere near true, it will be a great time for G2 owners come mid-March.
Hit the break for LG’s video showcasing the OS performance comparison.
Back when Motorola started pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, Verizon was the first carrier to get it. That was amazing in itself, but it was not duplicated with the 4.4.2 update. However, it doesn’t appear Verizon will be the last since soak test invites are going out now to Motorola forum members. This means the actual update could start rolling out as soon as next week, or the week after at the latest. We will keep you posted.
Cheers Steve and Greg